Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Lately

   It's been a while since I've blogged properly, hasn't it? But it's been a busy few months. But so wonderful. May, Seeg and I got married. June, my gallery exhibit went up. July, my book was prepped and readied for release, and made available for pre-order. August, my book came out and I was, just recently, Fantasy Writer of the Day on the Fantasy subreddit page. Then there were all the porridge recipes for Battle for Azeroth's release, which I was focused on keeping as successive as I could. All in all, it didn't leave me much time for general posts.


   Now, though, things have mellowed out. Aside from collecting my exhibit next month, everything is as it is, and we have a little holiday coming mid-September, too. I'm really looking forward to it!
   World of Warcraft's new expansion came out last week so Seeg and I have been playing that together (for the Horde) in our free time, and I've been working on new pieces to stock my shop with for Christmas. It's been ages since I listed anything new because of just how busy this year has been so far, but I am at least aiming to get some new things up for Christmas. I'm restocking popular pieces like koroks and foxes, and I'm making new pieces, too. I'm also open for custom orders until about mid November, too - after which point I tend to get too busy to guarantee any completion in time for Christmas delivery.

   I've also been writing - obviously - and I'm making progress in leaps and bounds towards the end of this second book of the trilogy. That's not to say that it will be out in a hurry - once it's finished, I have to redraft it several times and then sit on it for a while to make sure I'm happy with it. I will in that time begin writing the third book, and only once I'm a good ways through that will I submit the second to agents. So you can expect it out about a year after completion, maybe a little less. But when November rolls around, I'll likely have to put writing on hold until January in favour of filling Etsy orders, so I only have about 2.5 months left to write this year. I'm hoping to be finished by then.
   I wish my writing was at a place where I could close my Etsy shop and just focus on it completely, but I could never make ends meet - not yet. I hope that will change in time. I hope it changes, period. But all I can do to get to that point is write and write and write whenever I have the time, just as I have been for the past 15 years since I was 12! And do you know what? It doesn't feel like a chore at all. I still live and breathe for it!

   Though things have mellowed, there are a few things still floating around that we both have hope for. But until any of it lands, we're trying to disregard them. Better to forget about things that are out of our hands rather than get disappointed. And I don't want to talk about them, either, until anything comes of it - I live by the idea 'don't tell people your plans, show them your results'.

   What have you all been up to so far this summer? x



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